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Nonnative Invasive Plant Management

by Luke Osteen

Methods of combating the threat of invasive plants are outlined in a seminar for the public Friday, August 2, at the Highlands Community Building. A tour of a pristine garden highlighting native species is part of the program.

The Coalition for Nonnative Invasive Plant Management, CNIPM, is offering a seminar for the public on Friday, August 2, from 9:00 A. M. until noon at the Highlands Community Building next to the Town Ballfield.

The faculty includes Esther Stokes of Stokes Landscape Design in Atlanta. Esther is also Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Audubon Society and on the Board of the Georgia Native Plant Society. She’ll discuss the benefits of replacing nonnative invasive plants with appropriate native plants as well as using natives in garden design.

Bob Gale, Ecologist and Public Lands Director for Mountain True in Asheville, and Kyle Pursel, Stewardship Coordinator of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will discuss our “Most Unwanted” invasive plant species and demonstrate mechanical and chemical eradication methods. There will be time for questions and discussion after each presentation.

Following the morning program participants are invited to a beautiful eight-acre garden, known to be one of the best native plant-focused gardens on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich for a picnic on the grounds before touring the gardens with Esther. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

Packets of educational materials will be available for those who pre-register. For information or pre-registration, call (828) 526-2651. Cost is $10. Walk-ins are welcome.

Sponsoring organizations include Highlands Biological Station, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Historical Society, Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, Highlands Plateau Greenway, Land Stewards of the Highlands Plateau, and the Town of Highlands.

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